Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.
Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following (it’s amazing how much this list has grown in a short time):
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
- Viena Miami Airport
- Air Margaritaville Miami Airport
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
- Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK Airport
- Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport
- Johnny Rockets at Syracuse Airport
- Barney’s Beanery at Los Angeles Airport
- Bracket Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- The Fan Zone Indianapolis Airport
- RJ Rockers Flight Room Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
- Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Boston Airport
- Stephanie’s Boston Airport
- San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse San Francisco Airport
- Yankee Pier San Francisco Airport
- American Tap Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- Campanile at Los Angeles Airport
- Landry’s Seafood at Houston Airport
- Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar Houston Airport
Priority Pass has just added yet another US restaurant location – P.F. Chang’s at Los Angeles International Airport.
As a reminder, the following are some of the most popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
P.F. Chang’s at LAX
It’s interesting to see a chain restaurants added to Priority Pass. P.F. Chang’s LAX is open daily from 11AM until 11PM. I’m sure just about everyone is familiar with PF Chang’s, but here’s how it’s described on the Priority Pass website:
P.F. Chang’s is a contemporary, bistro-style restaurant that offers a unique blend of high quality, authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated setting.
The restaurant is located airside (after security) in Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is the terminal used by many international carriers. Tom Bradley International Terminal is connected airside to T4, T5, T6, and T7, so if you have time you could visit the restaurant when flying out of any of those terminals while only clearing security once.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $30 worth of food & drinks per person, which is higher than the usual credit of $28 that we see. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival). Furthermore, each Priority Pass member is limited to bringing two guests.
The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $30 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).
I didn’t realize TBIT had a P.F. Chang’s, and it looks like that’s probably because it was just added a few months ago. They had quite a grand opening party, it seems:
With this addition, Priority Pass now has three restaurants at LAX, so this is a fantastic addition. The nearby Korean Air Lounge (which is also part of Priority Pass) is really not nice, and almost isn’t worth visiting. So this is a great addition for anyone looking to eat.
And I hate to admit it given how unhealthy the food is, but P.F. Chang’s is sort of my guilty pleasure, and I love their food. So I’d much rather eat that junk food than the junk food served onboard a domestic flight.
I think this might just be my favorite US Priority Pass addition yet.
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).